Pat Cummins and Steven Smith
Pat Cummins (L) and Steven Smith (AFP Photo)

Steven Smith and Pat Cummins have been helping out Sydney Sixers ahead of their semi-final clash against Melbourne Renegades on Friday. (ALSO READ: Curran signs three-year extension with Sixers)

Smith, who is currently undergoing rehabilitation following an elbow surgery, is expected to kickstart his journey back to international cricket through the Indian Premier League (IPL) starting next month.

With his right elbow in a brace, Smith, was seen interacting with Sixers squad, a team that he famously captained to BBL title in 2012.

Two other Australia stars Cummins and Josh Hazlewood also registered their attendances at the net sessions.

Cummins, who picked up the Allan Border Medal two days back, bowled during the net sessions. The trio was at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) on Wednesday giving their valuable inputs to the Sixers cricketers.

“He’s (Smith) a wonderful guy and he’s been around at a couple of sessions, helping us out,” Sixers paceman Sean Abbott told reporters. “He’s always there to bounce ideas off when it comes to cricket or just have a laugh with. It’s good to have him around. He’s quite a positive influence on the group. He’s always been great with his time, even before injuring the elbow.”

He continued “He loves getting around the younger guys and talking about cricket. He loves cricket and talking cricket. He’ll do it as long as anybody is there to ask him questions.”

In the first BBL semi-final, Hobart Hurricanes face Melbourne Stars at Bellerive Oval on Thursday with Sixers then squaring off against host Renegades on Friday for a place in the final.